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Otavalo Indian Market Non-public Day Tour {Assessment}

Otavalo Indian Market Non-public Day Tour {Assessment}

Otavalo Indian Market
Submit Final Modified – January 13, 2023 ¦

Often known as maybe the biggest Indigenous market in all of South America, taking a {Otavalo Indian Market Tour} is a singular expertise.

A bustling indigenous handicraft market full of quite a lot of Ecuadorian distinctive wares.

Otavalo – Location


Otavalo is a city within the Andean highlands within the Imbabura province of northern Ecuador. It has a inhabitants of round 50,000 with the bulk that of an indigenous heritage.

The town is surrounded by volcanoes together with the outstanding; 🌋 Imbabura Volcano.

From the Metropolis of Quito, Otavalo is about 2 hours north of the town. Should you select a guided tour as we did, there are extra stops alongside the way in which.

The Otavalo Market is positioned within the {Central Plaza de Ponchos} a part of the town.

About Otavalo Indian Market

Central Plaza de Ponchos

Otavalo is well-known for his or her extremely popular indigenous handicraft Market.

It’s a extremely popular vacationer attraction and gathering place for locals as nicely.

Otavalo Central Plaza de Ponchos

There are quite a few vendor stalls providing an enormous number of gadgets on the market. A few of which embrace; woolen items equivalent to ponchos, blankets, scarves and sweaters.

Otavalo Indian Market Vendors

There’s an ample quantity of varied jewellery and a few superbly embroidered blouses and shirts. There’s additionally quite a few vendor shops for grabbing distinctive Ecuadorian dishes and extra.

Otavalo Indian Market Non-public Day Tour

Wyndham Garden Quito Hotel

Our driver {Julio}, arrived at our lodge { 🏨 Wyndham Backyard Quito} within the metropolis at roughly 8 am. This can be a personal guided day tour and we have been picked up in a really clear and cozy newer 🚙 sports activities utility car.

The drive forward could have us heading to the northern facet of the ⛰ Andes, crossing the; Valley of Guayllabamba.


Cayambe Biscuits Manufacturing facility

Our first cease of the day is simply outdoors the city of Cayambe, on the extremely popular {Cayambe biscuits manufacturing facility} for a stretch, restroom break and cookie tasting.


That is the place we tasted freshly baked {Bizcochos}, a scrumptious and favourite Ecuadorian snack. They’re mouth watering, heat and scrumptious. Nice with a ☕ sizzling beverage!


Quitsato Photo voltaic Clock

Our subsequent cease and simply throughout the road is on the Equator Monument and the Quitsato Photo voltaic Clock and displays.

Equator Monument

That is the precise location of the place the {Equatorial Line} passes, the place the southern and northern hemispheres meet.

Quitsato Solar Clock

Precisely at latitude N 00° 00.000′, the Quitsato Sundial was the primary monument constructed on the Equator within the historical past of the Republic of Ecuador.

Quitsato Solar Clock Exhibits

The Quitsato photo voltaic clock can also be known as the; “Center of the World.”

The Andes Museum

There’s a newly constructed info middle. That is the place you test in and a employees member will take you across the property on a totally guided tour.

The Andes Museum Presentation Room

Cayambe is an agricultural area together with farmland which incorporates; cattle and dairy farming.

Cayambe Ecuador Cattle Farm


Lake San Pablo & Imbabura Volcano Viewpoint

After a pleasant go to and tour, it was then on to a different temporary cease at a pleasant present store, cafe and restrooms.

Mira Lago Viewpoint

From the store, there’s a pleasant lookout deck of Lake San Pablo and the Imbabura Volcano. This area is also called ´The Lakes Province.´

Otavalo Ecuador

It was then time to push on to the Metropolis of Otavalo for lunch and go to to the Indigenous Market.

Ecuadorian Residential Lunch


Otavalo Local

Previous to visiting the Market, we opted to have lunch first. Our information {Julio} took us to a residential tourism homesight , for a real Ecuadorian meal.

Otavalo Residence Owner

Full with a brief tour from the proprietor, displaying us an unique a part of their homesite that they’re preserving to this present day.

Otavalo Historic Kitchen

Part of their cultural historical past through which to point out guests how they lived and cooked their meals years in the past and for youthful generations to recollect their heritage.

Otavalo Musicians

Our lunch was full with dwell music leisure carried out by locals.

An ideal contact to our full day Otavalo Market tour.

Otavalo Local Elder

Stopping for lunch on this neighborhood, permits for a singular alternative to witness first hand the on a regular basis lifetime of a neighborhood on this a part of Ecuador.

Otavalo Farm Pig


Otavalo Indian Market

It was then on to the Market, the place {Julio} allowed for as a lot time as we wished to browse the various distributors.

Otavalo Indigenous Market


Otavalo Town Square Art


Cotacachi – Leather-based City

Only a few minutes drive from Otavalo, is the city of Cotacachi, or extra popularly generally known as Ecuador’s well-known “leather-based” city.

Cotacachi Town Sign

Within the city’s fashionable principal avenue, you will see quite a few leather-based items outlets lining either side of the road.

Otavalo City Flags

Should you’re trying to buy leather-based items of all kinds, from clothes, purses, saddles and rather more, that is undoubtedly the place you need to head.

Conventional Music Store

We completed our day with a quick cease at a small residential conventional music store.

Music Shop Sign Ecuador

A show of how a small musical instrument is created from bamboo, together with a tune performed after it was made by our host.

Ecuador Music Shop

Those that want to buy any of her creations, are most welcome to take action in assist.

Ecuador Musician

We purchased some good handcrafted beaded wristbands from her in gratitude.

Time to move again to Quito after a full day!

Final Thoughts Banner

We had a really gratifying full day with our personal Galatrails information {Julio}.

We personally have been anticipating one thing a lot totally different on the Otavalo market. We discovered for probably the most half, the vast majority of the distributors have been promoting commercially made gadgets. We have been truly anticipating extra true artisans displaying and promoting their handcrafted items.

Aside from our private views on {the marketplace}, the remainder of the day and tour was most gratifying.

Your full day tour with Galatrails contains:

Resort Decide Up/Drop Off;
Snug Non-public SUV Transportation;
Bilingual Driver-Information – Fluent In Spanish/English;
Entrance price to Quitsato;
Lunch {Menu Alternatives};
Quitsato Photo voltaic clock;
Cayambe biscuits manufacturing facility;
Go to to Mira Lago Viewpoint;
Ponchos Sq.;
Go to to Cotacachi city (Leather-based City);
Looming workshop;
Andean devices workshop;
Return to Quito Roughly 8 hours.

Galatrails is a nicely revered, professionally operated on-line reserving company in Ecuador. The proprietor {Juan Elaje} was a pleasure to work with when making our tour bookings.

He responded to all my e-mail requests previous to and after reserving, rapidly and effectively. I’d not hesitate to suggest Galatrails for land-based excursions, cruises and rather more in Ecuador.

Under, I’ve included a hyperlink to their official web site on your comfort. You possibly can entry rather more detailed info on all their excursions supplied, contact sources together with on-line dwell chat and rather more.

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I’ve additionally included the Official Quito Turismo {Tourism} web site hyperlink on your comfort. It’s full of all the things you want, for planning your keep in and across the Metropolis of Quito.

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🌹 Quito Turismo

😎 Secure and Wholesome Travels!

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Though our Otavalo Day Tour was in collaboration with Galatrails, relaxation assured all content material and opinions are that of the writer and replicate my private views solely.

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